Ontario Jupiter™ Grapes have oval shaped, blueish purple seedless berries on large clusters. The skins are not too tough or too tart. They have a mild but pleasant flavour and a distinct flowery “Muscat-type” aromatic profile. Jupiter™ Grapes are very different from the regular grapes sold at the supermarket.
To select: Select only those that are firmly attached to their stems and are a full blue colour.
To store: Once at home, leave the grapes in their container and store in the refrigerator. Eat the grapes fresh within 7 to 10 days or use overripe grapes in a variety of recipes. Just before serving, wash them gently in a colander.
To freeze: Freezing grapes is simple. Wash, dry and de-stem. Pack in airtight containers and freeze. No added sugar is required because the natural sugars and acid levels in Ontario Jupiter™ Grapes act as a preservative.
Eat as a snack right from the freezer. Frozen grapes can replace fresh grapes in every recipe as they retain their intense colour and flavour and hold their shape when thawed. When using frozen grapes for preserves, thaw in refrigerator just until crushable.
September to mid-October*
*Commercial availability dates are approximate in nature and may be earlier or later based on growing conditions.
TIP: Ontario Jupiter™ Grapes are only available for a short time! Be sure to enjoy them fresh while in season, or follow our freezing instructions in the care and handling section to enjoy local grapes throughout the year.
Nutrients in Grapes
Grapes are versatile fruits used in a wide range of popular foods - from raisins to jelly to wine. They are also packed with nutrients and antioxidants, and have high amounts of the phytonutrient resveratrol, which is good for the heart, according to some studies. In fact, while grapes are good for your overall health, they are especially recognized for their heart benefits.
Grapes are also a good source of fiber, vitamin K, copper and many of the B vitamins and are relatively low in calories. The richest concentrations of nutrients and antioxidants, including resveratrol, are in the grape skin and seeds.
Jupiter™ Grapes are packaged and sold in a truly innovative bag using Eco-One® organic additive by miDori-Bio. You have a choice: recycle the bag in any city program OR put it out in your garbage for local landfills. The bag will quickly start to decompose using the natural microbes in the soil, consuming the bag to its basic elements. We are truly excited to lead sustainable food packaging in a positive direction, returning our packaging back to humus and supporting landfill energy recovery.
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In a recent consumer study, paper packaging was highlighted as one of the preferred options for shoppers to buy grapes in. This consumer data has resulted in new packaging options being designed for Jupiter™ Grapes for the 2022 season and beyond, along with other sustainable options such as biodegradable bags.